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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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891 Ratings

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Ratings: 891
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012)
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Photo of Beaver13
2.2/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown with a medium light tan head that goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is strange - roasted malts and maybe some smokey, hoppy plastic and leather?

The flavor is sweet caramel malts with smokey roast that has decent resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, I didn't really care for this. It was too sweet with a lot of off notes that I couldn't quite identify.

Beaver13, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of nukem5
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a dark rich cola color much like the vessel poured from rich thick cap of foamy goodness on top nice lacing.

S: Aroma is malty and roasty with a nice hop infusion.

T: Bready toasty roasted malts, sweet malts with a molasses like quality and the the bitey hop punch not at all what I expected but an awesome collection of flavors.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and full of residual sweetness lightly carbed.

O: Overall another great beer in this case and should go get another for the 26 dollars was a great buy, all the beers were great.

nukem5, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

ChrisL24481, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of babbules
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one had a dark, thickish pour with a very nice cream-colored head and a bit of lace. The flavor was mild, but balanced. I did expect more after seeing the nearly jet-black color and smelling the smoky, malty aroma. I was disappointed, but still enjoyed it overall. Not a bad black IPA-ish selection, especially for the price.

babbules, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of 7Durandal7
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

7Durandal7, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of artdob
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a color reminiscent of a heavily steeped black tea. A decent tan head and lacing.

Nose is sweet bread and morning pastries, chocolate notes - aroma strength is better than many beers.

Taste has many flavors smashing about all at the same time. There is a pronounced roasty characteristics - coupled with light fruitiness, molasses, and bitterness come through.

Burnt elements - but that's ok as I lean toward darker varieties.

Mouthfeel offers mild carbonation but not over the top here.

Finish is medium lasting with the bitter overtones hanging on the most.

Referring back to the bottle after spending some aninymous time with this one, noticed it is a lager which caught me off guard somewhat. While the label calls this a Baltic IPA, I didn't realize that my reference point should me more in the Porter camp than traditional IPA. That helps me "get" this somewhat better.

artdob, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

mrosenfeld32, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

WhitmansNiece, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Acuity
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Acuity, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Baltic Porter but falls slightly short of the extreme-Baltic that I hoped for.

A= dark amber, off-white head fading to rimming.

S= a nice smoky bouquet of malts, caramel and hops florals.

T= slightly over-sweet caramelized malts, some nice hops but falls short of IPA level. More carbonation than I would prefer in a Porter.

M= slightly sweet residual, not much complexity as hoped.

O= falls short of its description on the bottle; a very nice balanced mix, it just needs to be cranked up a a little on all levels!

therica, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brownish edges and a soapy ivory head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nice aromas of bitter roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate with some pungent, resinous hops. Taste follows the nose, flavors of dark, smokey malt balanced nicely by bitter grapefruit and pine resin hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Solid "Black IPA"/Baltic Porter mash-up, really enjoying the subtle smokiness.

jsanford, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

buckyp, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of shwami
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

shwami, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a cold Samuel Adams pint glass.


With a name like Dark Depths, I was picturing a very, very bitter IPA, but fortunately, I was wrong. Dark Depths is just as its described... pretty mysterious. The first thing you notice is the color -- about as dark brown as the bottle it's poured from. The smell is a malty, bready, hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering. The mouth feel is medium/heavy, and the taste is absolutely phenomenal. There is a slight bitterness, but it's a bitterness that's perfect for my liking -- it's right about at my bitter limit.

This is the first IPA out of the Hop-ology pack (After Whitewater and Latitude 48) that I would say I'd gladly have again. Rich, dark, deep, 7.60 ABV beer that quite resembles a lager. Fantastic.

Alextricity, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of pentasyllabic
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

pentasyllabic, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

nrombes, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of brokentee
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

brokentee, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of fatbatcat
4/5  rDev +8.1%

fatbatcat, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of RandyBoBandy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RandyBoBandy, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Sazz9
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Sazz9, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

sammo, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bootsandbeer, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Dark Depths is a dark redish brown color with good clarity when held to the light. The head is very light brown and has good retention.

Aroma is hoppier than it is roasty but both are there in good measure.

Flavor is more robust than expected with a solid porter-stoutish body and a big dose of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and balanced.

Overall a good version of the style. Like almost all of Sam Adam's beers: solid.

GilGarp, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a medium brown color and has reddish hues to it similar to a porter; it is topped with ¾” of off white head that likes to hang around well after the pour
Smell: Hops dominate the first part of the aroma and are followed by slight roasted notes that blend in mid whiff.
Taste: This is a tasty beer that is blended well together with the hops and darker malts that make me wish there were more beers like this one out there.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit on the thinner side as one would expect out of an IPA but the flavors hang around very tastefully to make me wanting more.

raznug, Jul 06, 2012
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 891 ratings.